A year after the Woolsey Fire destroyed more than 1,500 buildings and homes in Southern California, people are starting to slowly rebuild. In some cases, the new homes are taking the form of ADUs—small, standalone dwellings that are popping up in backyards around the region.
Plant Prefab, a housing startup spun out of prefab builder LivingHomes, recently announced the Sunset BUD LivingHome, a line of scalable ADUs developed in response to a program from the city of Malibu that allows fire victims to build ADUs for temporary shelter.
Designed by Burdge Architecture, the dwellings come in four sizes: a 445-square-foot studio, a 620-square-foot one-bedroom, a 900-square-foot two-bedroom, and a 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom that includes a garage.
The units come with modern interior finishes including light oak floors, Italian porcelain bathroom details, built-in storage, and a sleek Murphy bed that be stashed away for extra space. Outside, the homes come with spacious porches, and high-end models have outdoor showers. Bonus: The siding, doors, and roofing is made from aluminum to protect from future fires.
The Sunset BUD LivingHome starts at $315,000. It’s not a small sum for temporary housing, but Plant Prefab prefers to think of these ADUs more as value-adding permanent structures, whether as a backyard office, guest house, or a separate rentable unit.